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Three To See 2018: Three auto/biographical shows

By | Published on Saturday 28 July 2018

ThreeWeeks Co-Editor Caro Moses helps you navigate the Festival with her Three To See tips. This time three auto/biographical shows from the theatre programme.

Margo: Half Woman, Half Beast | Assembly Rooms | 2-18 Aug
I know there are loads of people out there who are fans of everything biographical and autobiographical, so I thought I’d look for a few events that might cater to that interest at the Festival. So, here we go, here’s the first, a biographical piece – one which should also appeal to cabaret lovers – about Margo Lion, celebrated Weimar cabaret star, a contemporary of Marlene Dietrich. It tells the story of her tragic relationship with lyricist Marcellus Schiffer, fuelled by jealousy, drugs and alcohol against the backdrop of political and social upheaval, and is accompanied by lots of great songs of the period.

Tetra-Decathlon | Summerhall | 14-26 Aug
An autobiographical solo outing from Lauren Hendry, who, having never before set foot on an athletics track, suddenly decided to enter the Tetra-Decathlon, a gruelling fourteen (yes, fourteen) event competition comprising nine running and hurdles categories of various lengths, plus high jump, shot put, long jump, Javelin and discus. Phew. The show charts Lauren’s journey from training to competition, and asks questions about the psychology of sport and what drives us to compete.

The End Of Eddy | The Studio | 21-26 Aug (pictured)
One from the International Festival now, and it’s an adaptation of an acclaimed and unflinchingly honest autobiographical novel, ‘En finir avec Eddy Bellegueule’ by Édouard Louis, written when he was just 21. “Born into poverty in an isolated village in rural France, a boy grows up amongst hard men and women living hard and violent lives. Relentlessly bullied for being gay, this is the story of Eddy’s struggle to understand who he is, who he might become, and his fight to escape”. Created by Unicorn Theatre, who create works for younger audiences, this is suitable for 16+.